posted on Jul, 13 2015 @ 04:31 AM
originally posted by: 3n19m470
Good job you deserve a pat on the back. Ive considered doing the same because I've heard accountants were in demand enough to guarantee a job, and I
think I have what it takes. It's math, but not calculus right? So, have you also heard or found that accountant jobs are in demand?
I switched from a Biology major to an Accounting major really because of money and job outlook, and atleast for what interests me. When I decided to
make the switch, the demand for accountants over the next 5-10 years looked to be on a good, steady rise, and it currently still does. We did take a
big slump in the recession, but things are a ton better now....atleast in my state. (btw - I live in TX right now. Im sure things will differ quite a
lot state by state). If I go on craigslist, there's a boatload of companies looking for accountants in the area, but with a catch. Most of those
require atleast a bit of experience on the job, not just school. However, on my university career center page, the amount of internships have been
rising quite a lot in the past couple years. For example, the Big 4 pay per hour for internships from my university starts at $25 an hour, with an
almost guarantee to get hired by them right after you internship expires. I think the placement rate for graduates last semester was around 90%.
As for math, it's nothing like calculus.... at least so far IMO, and also from what I heard from both PHD students and professors who have both taken
the CPA exam and/or worked in the industry for many years. It's just really basic math. As for my math courses in college so far, I've taken college
algebra, elementary statistics, business statistics/data analysis (some schools use different names), and business calculus. I've never have had to
use anything above basic multiplication/division and adding/subtracting so far.
It's not the math part that makes accounting one of the harder business majors. (well, if not the hardest. From everyone I've met, it's both finance
and accounting that take the top spot, everything else doesn't compare.). It's the concepts and how to apply them. Ask any upper level accounting
student or professor and they will say it's more akin to business law. If there's one thing that I would say to someone thinking about going for an
accounting degree, it would be ------ The laws were created by politicians and special interests groups. There' s not going to be anything too
intuitive/logical when you get to some upper level stuff...like the tax code.
edit on 13-7-2015 by buni11687 because: (no reason